Huawei P20 Pro – Triple the Fun?

Huawei P20 Pro - Triple the Fun - Special thanks to Digi Telecommunication and Digizens who made this review possible. Many thanks. ;)
Huawei P20 Pro - Triple the Fun - Special thanks to Digi Telecommunication and Digizens who made this review possible. Many thanks. ;)

Huawei P20 Pro – Triple the Fun?

The back is shiny as fxck - beauty in every angle.

Being one of the Huawei’s P series smartphone, a series pioneer in smartphone photography. Huawei P20 Pro brings us the game changer – Triple Camera system, co-engineered with LEICA, grabbing the No. 1 spot score at 109 in DxOMark.

Specifications

Let’s go thru some specs :

  • Screen : 6.1″ AMOLED Screen, 1080 x 2240px Resolution
  • Chipset : Kirin 970, Octa-core processor paired with Mali-G72 MP12 GPU
  • Memory : 6GB RAM, 128GB of Storage
  • Back Camera : Tri-lens camera system, co-engineered with LEICA, equivalent of 27-80mm focal length, consist of 40MP RGB camera, f/1.8 aperture + 20MP Monochrome camera, f/1.6 aperture + 8MP Telephoto camera, f/2.4 aperture, autofocus (laser focus, deep focus, phase focus, contrast focus)
  • Front Camera : Single-lens camera consist of 24 MP, f/2.0 aperture, fixed focal length
  • Battery : 4000mAh; supports Huawei Super Charge
  • Connectivity : Dual SIM (Dual 4G VoLTE stand-by), Wifi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth, NFC.
  • OS : Android Oreo 8.1 with EMUI 8.1
  • Others : IR Blaster

Hardware specs are certainly quite impressive. the screen resolution 1080 x 2240px (FHD) might be a lil bit “dated” for some, but it doesn’t really bother me.

The Kirin 970 chipset in the Huawei P20 Pro is able to handle graphically intense games like PUBG Mobile at full graphic detail with minimum lags, which some phones might ran into trouble.

No expandable SD card slot, but 128GB internal storage comes as standard which should be adequate for most.

IR Blaster is a plus, enable you to control all your home non-smart devices in a single device.

PUBG Mobile runs very fine, at max details.
PUBG Mobile runs very fine, at max details.

Body & Design - It's GLASS front & Back!

The review unit is a “Black” colour, not the infamous “Twilight” dual-tone colour that grabs the most crowd attention. As of the time of review, the twilight colour is not yet available in Malaysia. (Update: it’s coming to Malaysia after all, expect to see it early May 2018)

Even so, it is still an attractive phone. Front and back build entirely out of glass, shiny as fxck, and super-fingerprint-magnets too. It’s almost impossible to get a clean shot for my review(smudges just won’t go away). Luckily it’s easy to clean it away since it’s glass, but it won’t stay clean for long….

Notch - it's evil....

Yes, I know. It’s every Android enthusiast nightmare, NOTCH… so deal with it.

It houses the 24MP front camera, sensor and speaker(which act as part of the stereo speaker too).

Good news is that you have an option to sorta ‘hide it’.

Water and Dust Resistance - now you got a new way to cool it down

Opps.....

IP67 certification for water and dust resistance, no problem if you “accidentally” left your phone out cold in the rain. (maybe after laundry?)

Two more shots under the rain for no reason. ;)

Huawei P20 Pro - Watercooling?

Playing PUBG Mobile and the phone is too hot? Just DIP IT IN.

Video - 4K is rubbish, FHD is fine.

Full HD is a ‘ok’ with digital stabilization. 4K is AWFUL, with zero stabilization and image quality is BAD… Being a 2018 Flagship phone, this is kinda unacceptable.

Let’s get straight to the point…. on what I usually do.

PHOTO CAMERA - okokok, here we go.

Huawei Tri-lens camera system, collaboration with Leica Camera.

The most prominent feature of Huawei P20 Pro is doubt, the camera. it’s all the hype about this phone. Let’s get into some features shell we?

Huawei Master AI - leave it all to the AI Photography MASTER! or should you?

Digi D'House - The first photo I took with Huawei P20 Pro. Master AI went for the "blue sky" setting fully automatically.

Huawei first introduced the MASTER AI feature in the Mate 10, feature that utilize the on-baord NPU, it automatically detects the shooting environment and switch shooting modes on your behalf to create a better shoot.

Let’s take an example on the photo above, the moment I point my camera, the Master AI “Blue Sky” sorcery kicks-in in second, the sky immediately turns blue, saturation kicks up, building foreground got brighten up, and over-processed sharpness. Walla, Instagram-ready shot, rite?

Not so in every situation perhaps… In the course of the review, I find myself turning it off occasionally. The intrusive AI will sometime, switched into modes that are undesirable, sometime confused between two modes(greenery vs blue sky), switch into “portrait mode” when doing a wefie with a bunch of friends…

Another example of AI confusion.

A close-up shoot of Broccoli. It just can’t make up its mind, switching between Close-Up mode and Greenery mode.

And the colour gone haywire, some shoots appear have oversaturated green, some weird green and some pale green.

The most right image is Master AI turned off.

Huawei MASTER AI - Dog mode
Huawei MASTER AI - Dog mode

Master AI in action, switching into Dog Mode.

Handheld Night Mode - impressive...

Night Mode (handheld long exposures) is absolutely astonishing, the results are bright and clean image(noise still visible when u zoom in), but never been any camera phone that impressed me so much at night, P20 Pro took the night shooting crown.

Telephoto Zoom - Get closer to your subject.

As the images above, you can see that the telephoto lens on the P20 Pro allows you to do optical 3x zoom(2nd from left) and a 5x hybrid zoom(3rd from the left), both of these zoom levels are quite usable in my opinion, preserving most of the details and image sharpness.

There’s the 10x Digital Zoom(the most right, or bottom for phones), but image is ‘mushy’ painting-like, and detail lost.

f/0.95 bokeh is still around - not really a fan, but it's here.

f/0.95 bokeh effect, not something I particularly likes, but sometime it does gives you interesting effect.

Conclusion

The Huawei P20 Pro is certainly not a perfect phone, but the beautiful design, quality build, cleaner user interface and the triple camera system does offer an excellent photography experience, for once I don’t mind taking the phone out at night for pictures, taking night shoots.

Again, special thanks to Digi Telecommunication and Digizens who made this review possible. Many thanks. ;)

Oh ya, do check this link from Digi if you’re interest to get the Huawei P20 Pro. ;)

The PERFECT Huawei P20 Plans from Digi starts from RM1,119!

More Photo Samples

Experiencing DIGI Postpaid For Business

THE PACKAGE

A cute hamster from Digi drop me this Windows Phone Bundle to try out their latest business plan – Digi Postpaid for Business.

I ran a small design company named Light Owl Studio, an interior design, graphic design and web design company.
They want me to give this plan a try as a business individual.

The Windows Phone Package included:
Microsoft Lumia 950XL
Display Dock (At a special rate)
Wireless Display Adapter (FREE!)
Digi Business Postpaid 238 SIM Pack

* The above Windows Phone Promotion Bundle is a limited-time only deal from Digi, but the deal had since ended when this article went live. *

Wireless Display Adapter, Microsoft Lumia 950XL, and Display Dock.

THE PLAN

Being the top tier Business Postpaid 238 plan, for RM238 every month, you’ll get:

25GB of Internet Quota with 5GB Internet rollover,
Unlimited Calls and SMS to all networks,
Unlimited Whatsapp and WeChat,
Free 100GB Capture Cloud Storage,
Unlimited data to Capture Cloud Storage app and Appear.in Video conferencing app.

The plans are mostly aimed at Small & Medium Businesses (SME) owners.

All variants of Digi Postpaid for Business

THE EXPERIENCE

Some of you bosses might wonder, what so different about this business postpaid?

Short answer is NO DIFFERENT. but just bare with me.

The advantage for this plan is you will be able to include your whole business phone bills under “Company Expenses”. Still don’t understand? consult your tax advisor for this. ;)

For IDD calls, you don’t need to dial the budget IDD prefix number to make an international call. Just dial direct the number and you will be connected to your oversea clients/colleague immediately.

But to be honest, other then the above two, the plan has no different with the personal plan (other then it cost slightly higher).

It’s targeted to Small & Medium Businesses (SME)

For the purpose of my review, Digi decided to pair the plan with a Windows Phone.

Bad idea. 

I love my readers, if you do plan to take this plan, choose an iPhone or any Android devices. Windows Phone is just not ready yet, and it sucks.

Being a business plan bundled WINDOWS PHONE. There’s no myDigi app, no Digi Music Freedom app, no Capture app, no Appear.in app (a Telenor app for Video Conferencing). From the response from Digi, there’s no plan for Windows Phone to have all these apps anytime soon.

For network performance, Digi perform quite well in most case, the fast 4G LTE and network coverage does help out when I need to tether internet to my laptop to get some job done when I’m outside of my office. Speed average around 20-30M at most place. Call quality is generally perfect, but does suffer to some drop calls, which isn’t too bad.

How about IDD calls? It works perfectly. But too bad my business don’t really use much international calls.

Speedtest - One of the best Speedtest result for Digi 4G LTE Network

MY 2CENTS

Design with SME in mind? As a SME owner, I found this plan to be un-intuitive and lack of features.

To stand out from the personal plan, these are my 2cents to the plan.

  1. An offer to a 1st party or 3rd party Business Training Programme,
  2. Software Bundle (Antivirus subscription, Microsoft Office subscription),
  3. A ticket to work something out with DigiX? ,
  4. A Priority Support Line? (this could be simple to implement)
  5. Offers a coverage f i x & signal boost within the company area?

TigerBites! – Do You Know Your Street Food by Tiger Beer –

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TigerBites is all about FOOD! Something we as Malaysians can never had enough of it!

The TigerBites car convoy to Penang to uncovered some of the best street flavours around Penang! (and some in Ipoh also!)

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Ion as the host of the event!

Met Jason and Isaac! And the fellow lady bloggers Diana, Bowie, Miriam and Elana!

Off to Penang with a whole convoy of Volkswagons! *Click load more for more pictures!*

So our first destination at Ipoh,

 

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DiGi is the FIRST Telco in Malaysia to offer Direct Billing for Google Play

“First!”

DiGi Direct Billing for Google Play

Yup, FIRST!

DiGi just recently announced that they had collaborate with Google Malaysia to enable DiGi Direct Billing for Google Play.

Direct Billing for Google Play is basically an alternative payment methods for Digi Android users for all their Google Play transactions. It links your Digi and Google Account, your purchase will show up on your coming bills, which is much convenient and secure, without credit card or debit card. Both Prepaid and Postpaid are supported.

No more troublesome Debit Card restrictions and Credit Card nightmares! PAY WITH DIGI! 

What Can I Buy?

Anything! anything from Play Store, include Apps, Games, Movies, Books, Newsstands and even in-app purchases.

For mobile gamers rejoice! Playing Clash of Titans or Candy Crush? Want more turns to farm resources? Wants lots of gems? Or double XP packs? NO PROBLEM!

How to it Setup?

Enabling Digi billing is easy, just go to “My Account” in Play Store, enable it like the steps above. It will verify your account with Digi and you’re done.

Ok Ok, BUY BUY BUY. But How?

Select the apps you want, then under “Payment methods”, select “Bill my Digi account”, and key in your Google account password. That’s all. Fast right?

Secure or not one oh?

Just between Digi and Google, no cash or credit/debit card transaction involved, every purchase will be listed in your next Digi bill.

I don’t believe you, I want to see more information about it.

Nah, here’s the beautifully designed website at Digi. – DiGi Direct Billing For Google Play.